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Coast Guard Medevacs Man After Fall on Tug

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 60-year-old crewman suffering from a possible head injury and uncontrolled bleeding aboard a tug 120 miles southwest of New Orleans yesterday evening. The Coast Guard was notified at 4:00 p.m. by the tug El Toro Grande that Douglas Plaisance from Cut Off Louisiana had fallen and hit his head. Due to a previous medical condition, the crew was unable to stop the bleeding and was concerned about the possibility of a severe head injury. A helicopter from Air Station New Orleans was dispatched to the scene where the crew lowered a rescue swimmer and basket to the tug. The patient was placed into the basket and brought aboard the helicopter for transfer to a local hospital. Once aboard the helicopter, the crew transported Plaisance to Terrebone General Hospital in stable condition.


US Weather Forecaster Pegs El Niño Chances at 60-65%

A U.S. weather forecaster pegged the likelihood of the El Niño weather phenomenon occurring during the Northern Hemisphere autumn and winter at 60-65 percent in its monthly update on Thursday. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, has begun dialing back its outlook for the phenomenon since going on El Niño watch earlier this year for the first time since 2012.


Bulk Carriers Collide On Mississippi

The Panamanian bulk carrier El Flamenco and Liberian bulker China Spirit reportedly collided on the Mississippi River on February 4. The 70,046 dwt China Spirit was contacted by the El Flamenco (69,351 dwt). A two meter by two meter hole above the waterline was ripped out of the afterpeak ballast tank of China Spirit. The damage has been temporarily repaired and it is awaiting class surveyors approval before loading for the Far East, where permanent repairs will be carried out.


Reflex Marine Launches Service Center

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Reflex Marine, producer of the industry-leading Frog and Toro personnel carriers and expert in marine personnel transfer, continues to expand its global network of Accredited Service Centres (ASCs) with the launch of its latest Center in Canada. Nord Marine Services Ltd, a supplier of marine safety equipment, has been appointed to operate the new Accredited Service Center in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland.  As a result Canadian operators will be able to access local maintenance


Shippers Eye Trade Boost from El Nino Threat

Source: Reuters

A potential El Nino weather phenomenon, which could wreak havoc on global crops, is set to disrupt shipping patterns and raise freight costs, leaving suppliers and importers to cover their food needs from longer-haul destinations. El Nino, a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific, can trigger floods and drought in different regions, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar. Weather forecasters are increasingly predicting it will return in 2014 for the first


MARAD Approves Deepwater LNG Port

It soon will be easier to import natural gas from fuel tankers, without disruption to shoreline communities and the environment, thanks in part to a new deepwater liquid natural gas (LNG) port approved today by the U.S. Maritime Administration. The LNG port, to be built by El Paso Energy Bridge Gulf of Mexico LLC about 116 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, is a terminal to process and transfer natural gas received from LNG transport ships to a pipeline system


Pride International Appoints Robert G. Phillips to Board

Pride International, Inc. (NYSE:PDE) announced the appointment of Robert G. Phillips to the company's board of directors. Over the past 26 years, Mr. Phillips has served in numerous senior management positions in the oil and gas industry, most recently until June 2007 as president and chief executive officer and a director of the general partner of Enterprise Oil Products Partners L.P. (Enterprise). Mr. Phillips also served as chief executive officer of the general partner of GulfTerra


CSA Recognizes Safety in Shipping Industry

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The U.S. maritime industry publicly recognized the women and men responsible for safe ship operations at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held at the Loews New Orleans Hotel on June 2, 2011. Over 180 people, representing over 70 companies, attended the annual industry-sponsored event. The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) announced the results of the 2010 Jones F. Devlin Awards. Those awards were given to vessels that have operated for at least two years without a seafarer involved in a


Tunisia Seeks to Boost Capacities for Cruise sShips

Plans to extend facilities at Tunis' La Goulette port for cruise ships were November 6th. Sakhr El Matri, president of Goulette Shipping, saidd that a new 640-metre long dock and a tourist village will be built for 19m euros. The port's capacity will be increased 70 % by 2010 for 2 million cruise passengers a year, as compared to current capacity of 500,000 visitors. La Goulette would like Italian company MSC Crociere and US Royal Caribbean to join the project. (Source: ANSA)


CMA CGM Opens Two Offices

  CMA CGM Opens a new branch in Constantine, (Algeria) and an agency in Sihanoukville, (Combodia) Following are the addresses in the respective countries: CMA CGM Algérie, Ltd Centre d'affaires El Medina Zone Industrielle Rhumel N° 141 Local N° 257 CONSTANTINE ALGERIA Phone: + 213 (0) 31 66 68 95 CMA CGM Cambodia Co., Ltd No. 495, Vithei Ekareach, Group 22, Mondul 3, Sangkat 3 Preah Sihanoukville, Preah Sihanouk Province SIHANOUKVILLE CAMBODIA


US Will Work to Ensure Bab-el-Mandeb Strait Remains Open

The U.S. military will work with Gulf and European partners to ensure the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the tip of the Red Sea remains open to commerce despite fighting and instability in Yemen, the head of U.S. forces in the region said on Thursday.  


Expanded Panama Canal to be Operational by April 2016

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The widened Panama Canal is expected to finally be up and running in April 2016, after months of delays and cost overruns, AFP reports. The expansion project area will allow bigger ships to transit, with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side.  


PDVSA's Oil Exports to Asia, Americas Fell in 2014

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's exports to Asia and the Americas fell last year though shipments to Europe increased, according to a preliminary government report issued this month.   The OPEC country's Oil Ministry did not explain the overall drop in exports in its report to Parliament


IMO, El Salvador Enter Technical Cooperation

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A new agreement on supporting the Republic of El Salvador to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties was signed in San Salvador on Monday, March 23.   IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, who is on a visit to central America


Panama Canal Case Headed to Arbitration

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 The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and the consortium building a third set of locks for the inter-oceanic waterway said in separate statements that they will take a dispute over cement quality to international arbitration.   The PCA has asked for an international arbitration panel to


SpeedCast Partners to Expand Satellite Mobility Portfolio

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SpeedCast International Limited has established a distributor agreement with Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator.  The new agreement brings new options for satellite mobility solutions for SpeedCast’s global customer base and expands


Abu Dhabi Ship Building to Deliver 3 UAE Warships by 2016

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Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company will deliver three Baynunah warships to the United Arab Emirates Navy by 2016 and is in discussions with other buyers to sell more, its chief executive said on Monday. "There are discussions with some of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well as


Middle East Shipping Routes Secure: U.S.

Shipping corridors used by Gulf energy exporters are not at risk from violence and political volatility in Yemen and the seizure of swathes of territory in the region by Islamic State militants, a senior U.S. naval officer said on Monday.


Egypt Bullish on New Suez Canal expansion

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 The Egyptian government is pressing ahead with the first major expansion of the canal in almost 150 years, to allow ships to pass north and south concurrently, reports Telegraph.   The Suez Canal Area Development and the Second Suez Canal Projects are the most important drivers of


Iran Fuel Oil Revenue Up 30 pct

Iran has earned $1.35 billion for selling more than 3 million tonnes of fuel oil in the 10 months to Jan. 21, up 30 percent in revenue from the same period of last year, oil ministry news website Shana cited an official as saying. The OPEC member also earned $963 million in gasoil revenue


MTNW Discontinues Sale of LCI-80 Line Control Display

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MTNW has discontinued the sale its LCI-80 Line Control Display, the company announced yesterday. Technical support and service will continue to be available for in-service equipment.    The LCI-80 will be replaced by the LCI-80x Rugged Programmable Controller.  


Cost Overrun Hits Panama Canal Expansion

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Widening the Panama Canal will cost more than budgeted due to billions of dollars in overruns by the consortium carrying out the work says a report from AFP.  The canal's administrator Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), which is overseeing upgrades to the canal's locks


Reopening of the Caravel La Niña III

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  The delivery ceremony and reopening of the Caravel La Niña III, faithful replica of the ship of Columbus, the Caravel “La Niña III“ was held yesterday in the city of Las Palmas. Las Palmas is part of the network of Columbian cities of Spain


U.S. Forecaster Sees Potential for Weak El Nino Conditions

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The U.S. weather forecaster on Thursday projected a 50 percent to 60 percent chance of El Nino conditions during over the next two months, compared with the 65-percent chance it predicted for the Northern Hemisphere winter in December. The Climate Prediction Center


Oil Tanks Destroyed at Libya Port, Others Still Ablaze

Two oil storage tanks remain on fire at Libya's Es Sider oil port while two others have collapsed almost a week after clashes there sparked the blaze, a spokesman for state National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Tuesday.   Fires at two other storage tanks at Libya's biggest oil port had been






 
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